St Anne’s kids’ flag flying high in London

St Anne's Primary School pupils with an image of their flag which is on display in London. Included, from left, are Mrs Siobhan Gillen, vice principal, Josh Leighton, Paris Jackson O'Donnell, Emily Ross, Ava McGinn and Ms Sheila McLaughlin, school art co-ordinator.
St Anne's Primary School pupils with an image of their flag which is on display in London. Included, from left, are Mrs Siobhan Gillen, vice principal, Josh Leighton, Paris Jackson O'Donnell, Emily Ross, Ava McGinn and Ms Sheila McLaughlin, school art co-ordinator.

A flag designed by children from St. Anne’s Primary School, Derry, is this week flying proudly in the heart of Westminster in London.

The St. Anne’s flag is one of 80 made from designs prepared by primary school children from across NI and Britain.

The St Anne's PS flag flying proudly in Parliament Square today.

The St Anne's PS flag flying proudly in Parliament Square today.

The flags are flying in Parliament Square all this week.

This unique event is the culmination of the 2015 Flag Project, run by the Houses of Parliament, which aims to connect young people with the democratic process and the UK’s parliamentary heritage.

Siobhan Gillen, vice-principal at St Anne’s, spoke of the school’s pride at having its design chosen to represent both the historic town and county of Derry.

She said: “The inspiration for our flag design was based on our history, traditions, pride and our natural environment.

“The contrasting colours of red and white were used to represent both sides of our community and how they have worked together to come together.

“Also, red and white are our county colours worn proudly by our city soccer team and also our county Gaelic team.

“The musical note represents the great tradition of music in our city.”

Mrs Gillen said Derry boasted many “great musical exports “ such as Phil Coulter, The Undertones, Dana, and Nadine Coyle.

“We are so very proud of these people and they have been remarkable ambassadors for our city,” she added. “Their legacy of musical culture lives on and continues to inspire people today in Derry and beyond.”

“St.Anne’s Primary School is delighted that its flag has now been chosen to fly in Parliament Square.”

Derry, she said, was a special place “we are proud to call home. In the words of Phil Coulter – a Town We Love So Well.”

Foyle MP Mark Durkan, who viewed the St Anne’s flag while in Westminster today, said: “This is a really great design by the pupils from St Anne’s Primary School. I am delighted for the children and staff who took part in this project. They should be rightly proud of themselves today.”